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Friday, November 22

DARK ANNNIVERSARY Today marks 56 years since Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy as his motorcade made its way through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. All these years later, questions still remain as to who was behind the killing, and whether or not there were additional shooters. Many people still dispute the Warren Commission’s September 1964 finding that Mr. Oswald was the lone gunman. But as the years pass, and more and more witnesses and potential whistle blowers die off, the chance of a bombshell revelation becomes increasingly unlikely. Regardless, most anyone who was alive that day, much like September 11, can recall the shock that gripped the world as news of the shooting spread, and the horror when President Kennedy was pronounced dead about two hours later at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The collective disbelief that someone so young and charismatic could be cut down so quickly, and that the hope Mr. Kennedy represented could be doused so violently, helped drive a cottage industry of speculative writing and research that sprung up around the killing, and continues to this day. No matter what you believe, or what side of the political aisle you sit, today will forever serve as a reminder for what might have been for America. For a look at a few newer stories about JFK’s murder, click on politico.com/magazine/tag/jfk-assassination.

CAN THE US-RUSSIA RELATIONSHIP BE MENDED? The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 12:15 p.m. lecture, “Can Russian-American Relations Be Fixed? Lessons from History,” with guest speaker Ivan Kurilla. The accusation that Russia seeks to undermine American democracy has captured a lot of attention lately. But according to Mr. Kurilla, professor of international relations at European University in St. Petersburg and author of the book Frenemies, this story is not new. “There are many examples in the history of this bilateral relationship that reflect a mutual distrust and the suspicion of interference and disrespect of each other’s values and interests,” read an Ath press release. Mr. Kurilla will demonstrate how both countries are constantly reinventing images of each other, and mainly using them to fight their domestic battles and to advance a specific political agenda at home. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

 

Saturday, November 23

ON THE SAME PAGE  The Friends of the Claremont Library hosts its first 2019-2020 On the Same Page event at 10 a.m. at Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. FOCL recently announced The Library Book by Susan Orlean as the group’s community read. “Now that The Library Book has revealed all the wild and wonderful things that happen at public libraries, it’s time to get the local story,” read a press release. “Claremont Library manager Amy Crow will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the history of our library, and let you in on all the ways that our library has changed—and stayed the same—over its 105 year life.” Copies of the book will be available for check out in the book club area of the library, or for purchase for $15 at the desk. Lawn signs are also available to help the Friends advertise the book. Just ask the librarian at the reference desk. Light refreshments served. More info is at claremontlibrary.org.

SMART GARDENING Claremont’s newly remodeled Helen Renwick Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave, hosts a free and open to the public class, “Advanced Smart Gardening,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Public Works Department, advanced Smart Gardening will teach organic gardening, landscaping with native drought-tolerant plants, and integrated pest management (environmentally sound ways to control pests). “Smart Gardening is an easy way to get a great looking yard while using less water, energy and resources,” read a library press release. “You save yourself time and money while doing something that helps keep the county a nice place to live.” To learn more, visit lacountylibrary.org, call (909) 621-4902, or follow @lacountylibrary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN YORK Accomplished local singer/songwriter/guitarist John York holds his annual benefit concert for the Prison Library Project at 7 p.m. at The Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St. Tickets are $20 and are available at claremontforum.org or by calling (909) 626-3066. Mr. York is a former member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers the Byrds, and has played, recorded or toured with Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet (with the late Dr. John,) The Mamas and The Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gene Clark, The Band’s Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, Rolling Stones sideman Nicky Hopkins, David Carradine and Barry McGuire. More info is at claremontforum.org or (909) 626-3066.

Sunday, November 24

DO THE BIRD WALK The Pomona Valley Audubon Society invites the public to Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas for a free and open to the public nature walk. Call (909) 599-6526 or email warblerod@verizon.net for time and location. The easy two-hour walk is for beginners as well as experts. The diverse habitat at Bonelli makes this a great place to find Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren and California Gnatcatcher, along with raptors and wintering waterfowl. More info is at pomonavalleyaudubon.org.

FARMER’S MARKET FUN Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase some unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants to artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

OPEN MIC FOR POETS AT LIBRARY Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts November’s free and fun Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library event at 2 p.m. This month’s edition is the group’s annual Poets About Town open mic reading. Light refreshments will be served. More info is at the group’s Facebook page.

CONSPIRACISM: WHAT TO DO? Political Scientist Russell Muirhead will be on hand for a free and open to the public 7 p.m. talk, “Conspiracy (without the) Theory,” at Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. The third guest in the Humanities Studio at Pomona College’s “Post/Truth” speakers series, political scientist Mr. Muirhead will discuss how the new conspiracism enveloping American politics (think “Pizzagate” or “QAnon”) is different from the conspiracy theories that have existed as long as democracy itself, how this conspiracism is threatening democratic institutions, and what we can do about it. More information is at pomona.edu.

PUBLIC BANKING Dr. Ellen Brown is an author, attorney, public speaker, and advocate for financial reform, most prominently public banking. Ms. Brown will discuss “Why We Need Public Banking” in a 7 p.m. talk at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. She is founder and president of the Public Banking Institute, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to the creation of publically-operated banks. Her latest book is entitled Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age. Tickets are available at the door, at participating churches or online at eventbrite.com (search Ellen Brown).

BREAK OUT THE RECORDERS Harvey Mudd College Presents a free and open to the public concert with the HMC Early Music Ensemble and guest singers from the Claremont Concert Choir performing music from Shakespeare’s England at 7 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, lower level Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. HMC musicians will break out the recorders and crumhorns to perform music of the Renaissance and Baroque. The concert features John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Thomas Ravenscroft, Vittoria Aleotti and Francis Pilkington. More info is at hmc.edu/hmc-arts, (909) 621-8022, or via email to hsa@hmc.edu.

 

Monday, November 25

DEMS DISCUSS LATINO VOTE Longtime community activist Roberto De La Cruz will discuss “The Latino Vote: Lessons Learned and an Agenda for the Future,” at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open to the public 7 p.m. meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 Avery Road, Claremont. Mr. De La Cruz and his family worked with Cesar Chavez in the early days of the movement to organize farmworkers. He has held various leadership positions in the United Farm Workers Union, the Service Employees International Union and Mi Familia Vote. Refreshments will be served. This is the last Democratic Club meeting of this year. Members and Democrats interested in joining are also invited to club’s annual holiday party at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 1. Gene Boutilier and The American Institute for Progressive Democracy will be honored with the club’s Helen Myers Award for civic engagement. For more information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS Local senior group Reminisce with Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. The event is free and open to the public. “Join us for another great session of conversation and storytelling, focused on a variety of subjects about the lives of the group and other unique topics,” a press release read.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Claremont Israeli Folk Dance class meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Claremont Masonic Lodge, 272 W. Eighth St. The open to the public class for beginners is followed by open dancing until 10 p.m. The group asks participants for a $8 donation. For information call (909) 921-7115.

 

Tuesday, November 26

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Meetings are held in the Weinberger Room. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

 

Wednesday, November 27

TURKEY TROT Racers can pick up their packets and register from 4 to 7 p.m. for Thursday’s Turkey Trot. Head down to the Claremont Depot on First Street to get the loose ends tied up. For more information about the race, see the Thursday, November 28 listing on the next page.

 

Thursday, November 28

THANK YOU Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a day for gratitude. As we gather, let’s be grateful for what we have, and maybe spread a little of our collective good fortune to those that need it most. For help with finding an organization to volunteer with, go to momsla.com/places-to-do-good-this-thanksgiving.

TURKEY TROT Claremont’s 12th annual Turkey Trot, sponsored by Claremont Sunrise Rotary, takes place today. Race day registration takes place from 6 to 7:30 a.m. at First Street and Harvard Avenue, near the Depot. Races begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 1k Kids’ Fun Run for ages 10 and under. At 8 a.m. the 5k run/walk begins. Adult fees start at $45 for pre-registration and ramp up to $60 on the day of the race. Youth 12 and under are $25 and $35. For pre-registration and more information go to claremontturkeytrot.com.

 

Friday, November 29

BEAT BLACK FRIDAY Black Friday, the relatively new tradition of getting up at dawn and wrestling with angry bargain hunters at big box retailers takes place today. If you’re like me and this exercise sounds about as appealing as an extended IRS audit, then kindly consider these other side of the coin alternatives: How about a hike in the local mountains or at one of Claremont’s many trails? A nice place to start is Thompson Creek Trail, which climbs gently from Towne Avenue to the south up to Mills Avenue to the east. If you’re looking for live music, Mario Rojas and Saturday Night Pink bring original rock to The Press, at 129 Harvard Ave., for a free 10 p.m. show. Perhaps the best way to bow out of the commercialism of Black Friday is to simply hang out with the ones you love, cook a meal at home and relax. Sounds pretty good to me.

GREEN?FRIDAY Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will offer free admission and great deals at the Grow Native Nursery, which will offer a one-day only sale where members receive 15 percent off and the general public receives 10 percent off all nursery inventory. The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The garden will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Saturday, November 30

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Today is Small Business Saturday; now this is a holiday I can get behind. Claremont is packed with mom and pops, standalones and otherwise independent brick and mortar businesses. If supporting these folks makes sense to you, then start your holiday shopping by dropping some dough in Claremont. You’ll be doing your part to perpetuate a healthy small business climate in our city. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 by American Express in partnership with the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Roslindale Village Main Street. It was first held on November 27 of that year. In 2011 President Obama voiced his support for Small Business Saturday. Since then, it has been observed annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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